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Ella Fitzgerald

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald

Profession: Jazz Musician

Nationality:
United States of America
American

Why Famous: Interpreter of the Great American Songbook. She sold 40 million copies of her more than 70 albums, won 13 Grammy Awards and was awarded the National Medal of Arts.

Born: April 25, 1917
Birthplace: Newport News, Virginia, USA

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Taurus

Died: June 15, 1996 (aged 79)
Cause of Death: Diabetes

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Married Life

  • 1941-12-26 Jazz musician Ella Fitzgerald (24) weds convicted drug dealer Benny Kornegay
  • 1947-12-10 Jazz musician Ella Fitzgerald (30) weds bass player Ray Brown (21)
  • 1953-08-28 Jazz musician Ella Fitzgerald (36) divorces bass player Ray Brown (27) after 6 years of marriage

Events in the Life of Ella Fitzgerald

  • 1938-05-02 Ella Fitzgerald records "A-Tisket, A-Tasket"
  • 1938-06-25 "A Tisket A Tasket" by Ella Fitzgerald with Chick Webb hits #1
  • 1945-03-27 Ella Fitzgerald and Delta Rhythm Boys record the song "It's Only a Paper Moon"
  • 1959-05-04 First Grammy Awards: Perry Como & Ella Fitzgerald win
  • 2019-06-11 "The New York Times" reveals an estimated 500,000 song titles, including masters of Chuck Berry, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald, lost in 2008 warehouse fire on Universal backlot in Los Angeles